CORVALLIS, Ore. — As he tries to chase down Corey Dillon’s 17-year-old Washington rushing record, Washington’s Bishop Sankey tracked down another notable record from one of UW’s all-time greats.
Sankey rushed for 179 yards and three touchdowns Saturday night in the Huskies’ rout of Oregon State, giving him 34 career rushing touchdowns to match Napoleon Kaufman for the UW record.
Sankey had touchdown runs of 3 and 5 yards on UW’s first two possessions, staking the Huskies a 14-0 lead at the 10:56 mark of the first quarter.
He added an 8-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to push UW’s lead to 34-0 and tie him with Kaufman.
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After Sankey’s third touchdown, Kaufman tweeted: “Bishop is making the old Dawg smile!”
Sankey enters Friday’ Apple Cup showdown against Washington State with 1,575 yards and 17 rushing touchdowns this season. He needs 120 yards to match Dillon’s single-season record of 1,695 yards from 12 games in 1996.
Miles gets the nod
Redshirt freshman quarterback Cyler Miles made his first career start for Washington against Oregon State, stepping in for injured senior Keith Price on a chilly Saturday night at Reser Stadium.
Price, a three-year starter, warmed up in full uniform with the rest of his teammates before the game and made the normal warmup throws. A week earlier, he had trouble putting on a shirt while nursing a shoulder injury suffered late in the first half against UCLA.
Price was bundled up in a purple overcoat and a black beanie as he watched the start of the game from the sideline, snapping his streak of 25 consecutive starts.
After a 62-yard kickoff returning by UW’s John Ross to start the game, Miles completed a quick 3-yard pass to tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins. Miles rushed twice for seven yards on the opening drive, which culminated in Bishop Sankey’s 3-yard touchdown run to give the Huskies a 7-0 lead at the 12:29 mark.
Price cheered and pumped his fist in celebration on the sideline.
On the next drive, Miles hit a diving Kevin Smith for a 36-yard pass to the Oregon State 5-yard line. Sankey then rushed in for an easy touchdown on the next play to push the UW lead to 14-0.
Miles, in his first significant action for the Huskies, had relieved Price to start the second half of UW’s 41-31 loss at UCLA on Nov. 15.
The last time Price did not start was also at Oregon State, in 2011.
Nick Montana started that game and finished 11 of 21 for 79 yards with two touchdowns and one interception before Price was called off the bench in the fourth quarter. The Beavers won that night, 38-21.
Ross on the move
Ross, UW’s speedy true freshman wide receiver, wore a new jersey number — 11 — Saturday night against Oregon State. That enabled him, for the first time, to see some action at cornerback for the Huskies.
Ross had worn No. 1 in UW’s first 10 games. Senior safety Sean Parker also wears No. 1 and two players on the same side of the ball can’t have the same number.
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